Tea at the Top
I recently spent a few days in Plymouth and was lucky enough to be able to experience to Tea at the Top in The Duke of Cornwall Hotel. This consists of Champagne afternoon tea in the unique setting of the iconic tower at the top of the Hotel. The tower was reopened a couple of years ago and they started offering this unique experience on selected days.
We arrived at the hotel and were told to wait in the bar until were greeted in the bar of the hotel by our personal butler who escorted us to the tower. We had to go in the lift up to the 5th floor, then up a flight of stairs to the Renolds suite, which you can book to stay in and offers exclusive access to the tower.
Once in the suite, you access the tower through a hidden door in the wall. We were then taken up a flight of stairs to the first floor of the tower, which they have decorated with various pieces of hotel history. It’s definitely worth stopping and having a look at this if you have the time.
You then take the last set of stairs to the top o the tower where there is a table all set out for afternoon tea. It’s very cosy at the top but that all just adds to the experience and because of this the afternoon tea is just for 2 people at a time. You have use of the tower for 2 hours and a personal butler who brings all the food and drink up to you.
We started with the Champagne and then sandwiches were brought up to us. It was a lovely selection of individual sandwiches and canapes. We were able to enjoy these while having the most amazing 360 views of Plymouth. I think you would be hard pushed to find views like that anywhere else in the city. We were really lucky that the weather was so nice that afternoon as we were able to see right out to sea and across the city.
About half an hours later we were brought our choice of tea and coffee and the cakes and scones to accompany the Afternoon Tea. These included macarons, mini creme brulee and plain and fruit scones. I always think when I go for Afternoon Tea that everything looks so small it’s never going to be enough food and then every single time I can never finish all the food. It was lovely. Definitely up there with some of the nicest afternoon teas I had, and I’ve tried a few!
It really was such a special experience and definitely one I would recommend to anyone if you are visiting Plymouth. It was £40 each for Champagne Afternoon Tea and I would say that that standard of the food and the unique setting definitely made it worth it. We had such a lovely afternoon.
You can find out more on the Duke of Cornwall’s site.
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